Seven regular season games took place in Junior Hockey League on December 25th. Gameday began in Russian Far East and ended in Moscow. We take a look at all of the matchups in this daily review on JHL official website.
Amurskie Tigry Khabarovsk were able to keep their winning streak alive. After two consecutive victories in China, the ‘Tigers’ won their third in a row as they defeated HC Kapitan Stupino. Khabarovsk got off to a great opening period of play – Konstantin Tyurin and Yegor Zalitov got a marker each past Andrei Berezinsky. After the halfway mark of the second frame home team further increased their lead – Evgeny Babushkin made it a 3-0 hockey game.
Stupino were able to match the speed of Khabarovsk but they had trouble converting on their scoring chances. Only after Yegor Antonov forced Kapitan to swap their netminders (Artyom Mikhailov replaced Berezinsky between the pipes) Stupino finally got on the board as well. Ivan Kazakov and Ilya Kozhukhov brought their team back to within two with a lot of time remaining to play in regulation. However, Amurskie Tigry called timeout, stealing the momentum from the visitors and calmly worked the clock en route to a 4-2 win on home ice.
Another game in Russian Far East took place in Vladivostok where Taifun played hosts to Russkie Vityazi at Fetisov-Arena. After a scoreless first period of play, Primorie Region followed Khabarovsk’s footsteps and got two tallies in a row. Nikita Ivashkin netted one at even-strength and then Alexander Klisunov sent another one past Daniil Chechelev.
Chekhov managed to get back even in the third period. Taifun survived a penalty kill but shortly after that Nikita Goncharov put his team on the board. In the last minute of regulation the visitors pulled Chechelev for the extra-attacker and got the equalizer – Igor Rydchenko tied it up with just 20 seconds remaining on the clock. Moscow Region team finished the job and beat their demoralized opposition – Dmitry Zaitsev scored the game-winning goal just a few seconds into overtime.
Omskie Yastreby faced Sputnik Almetyevsk on home ice. First period of play featured no goals but the teams found the back of the net several times in the next frame. Almetyevsk scored twice in a span of 38 seconds – Andrei Sholgin and Artyom Onishko got the markers. Georgy Dubrovsky got replaced by Georgy Romanov in goal for the ‘Hawks’ and things went better for them after that. A little later Pavel Yelizarov converted on Daniil Melnikov’s penalty. And then Maxim Melnikov, who plays for Omskie Yastreby, tied it up.
Home team had the momentum on their side in the third stanza. Home team had two powerplay opportunities but couldn’t capitalize on either. Overtime solved nothing and Almetyevsk went on to win it in the shootout. The visitors scored on two attempts, while Omsk converted on just one.
Belye Medvedi Chelyabinsk defended the ice against Reaktor Nizhnekamsk. Home team opened up the scoring 13 minutes in with a goal off a 3-on-2 rush. Yaroslav Ozolin stopped shots by Ivan Shiryayev and Pyotr Yasinsky but when Platon Popov pounced on the rebound, Nizhnekamsk goaltender couldn’t save his team. Late in the second period of play Chelyabinsk got another one in over the goal-line – or so they thought, but video review has determined that the biscuit didn’t go all the way in. ‘Polar Bears’ still had a 1-0 lead after 40 minutes of play.
Nizhnekamsk top-scorer Arsen Khisamutdinov failed to convert on a great scoring chance in the third stanza and two minutes later Belye Medvedi doubled their lead. Maxim Shabanov picked up the puck, passed it to the slot and Evgeny Kobyakov roofed it. That was the last goal of the game. Dmitry Sharov earned a shutout with 32 saves.
Stalnye Lisy Magnitogorsk visited Khanty-Mansiysk to face the top team of the Eastern Conference – Mamonty Yugry. Home team managed to convert on their initial powerplay opportunity of the game. With a second remaining on Kirill Zotov’s penalty Kirill Kozhevnikov further improved his ever-growing scoring total. 13 minutes in he scored his second of the game at even strength. After the ‘Steel Foxes’ swapped Nikolai Shashkov for Alexei Schetilin in goal, things got a little better for them. Evgeny Koreshkov put Magnitogorsk on the board before the intermission.
There was no scoring in the second period of play, even though Khanty-Mansiysk took almost twice as many shots as the opposition. Magnitogorsk brought it back to even late in regulation. With just over a minute remaining on the clock, the visitors pulled their netminder for the extra-attacker, went for one final push and got what they wanted – Danil Pyatin got the equalizer. Nevertheless, the ‘Mammoths’ scored the winner in overtime – Ivan Savchik found the back of the net. Khanty-Mansiysk take it 3-2 in the extra period.
Tyumensky Legion faced their neighbors in the bottom half of the standings Sarmaty Orenburg. After a scoreless first period of play, Mikhail Suslikov found the back of the net nine minutes into the second frame – 1-0 Tyumen. Orenburg got back even seven minutes after that as Daniil Katayev rolled behind the net, skated to the slot and roofed it past Nikolai Dryomin. Andrei Kovalenko gave Tyumensky Legion their second lead of the game in the last minute of the period with a snipe from a face-off circle.
There was only one team on the ice in the third stanza. Sergei Arzamastsev got one in from in tight and Anton Tsibin converted on a powerplay. Nine minutes into the period Nikita Bryutov got another tally and then Tsibin got his second of the game to set the final score. Tyumensky Legion enjoy a solid 6-1 win on home ice.
In the final game of the day JHC Dynamo Moscow hosted a team from China. Home side looked much more aggressive than the opposition as the ‘Dragons’ took just three shots on goal. As for Dynamo, they made Paris O’Brien make 23 saves – the only shot he couldn’t stop was from Mikhail Semeneko on a powerplay. The blue-and-white got two more tallies in the second frame – Yegor Bryzgalov and Hassan Al-Djilaui improved the lead to 3-0.
Dynamo got wind in their sails in the third stanza and scored three more times against Kunlun Red Star Heilongjiang. Bryzgalov got his second of the game, while Alexander Petrunin scored two as well. Ivan Kulikov made 23 saves en route to Dynamo’s 6-0 win on home ice.